Racial disparities in education have never been more prevalent than they are today.
“We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!” – Maya Angelou
Radically Imagining School Equity (RISE) is a national network of student leaders working to transform school culture towards equity. Specifically, students work to increase access, success, and positive experiences in advanced coursework for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other underrepresented students, so they can fulfill their college and career aspirations. The initiative is supported by Equal Opportunity Schools, a nonprofit organization committed to closing the opportunity gap in high schools.
Schools will be asked to recruit up to six students to participate in RISE. Ideal teams consist of:
- 3 10th graders (min. of 2 out of the 3 students of color)
- 3 11th graders (min. of 2 out of the 3 students of color)
- Each RISE team is required to have at least one (1) African American Male Student
Students are recruited using their responses on the fall survey:
- Interested in “participating in additional leadership groups to promote positive change in AP classes”
- Community Leadership identified as a student asset
Existing equity-focused student groups or existing student equity teams are invited to participate as the RISE team.
Students will spend the school year attending four (4) convenings with the other schools in the Network. They will also meet with their school teams between convenings to debrief and plan activities to assist in adding students of color to AP/IB/AICE courses in their schools. The convenings are as follows:
October 29, 2021: Staff orientation and information session (for school leads and principals). Register to Participate.
December 3, 2021: Student kickoff and focus on Access
January 28, 2022: Outreach
March 11, 2022: Student Support
April 29, 2022: Celebration
All meetings are 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm EST, conducted on Zoom.
Students will then work around the theme and report back at each meeting.
For more information, please contact Partnership Director Dr. Terri Hackett.